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Best Oven to Buy for Baking In India

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When baking at home becomes a part of your life, you start looking for the best oven to buy for baking. But given the wide range of options available, it is obvious to get confused.

I had the same problem when I wanted to buy an oven for myself. There are tons of articles on the internet talking about ovens, but no single source where you could get all your doubts cleared. Thought I got my first oven as an unexpected gift, but I know many of you have the same challenge of how to find your best oven to buy. I have tried simplifying this for you in this article.

Best Oven to Buy for Baking

You need to first decide if you need a countertop oven or a built-in oven. Countertop ovens sit on the counter of your kitchen. It is available in various dimension and capacity. These are mobile and you can move them from one place to another. Unlike built-in ovens, the countertop ovens have zero installation cost. But because they occupy space on your kitchen counter, they become less favorable for a few.

On the other hand, the built-in oven needs dedicated space in your kitchen. They look fancy. These ovens can be tucked into a free space on the wall or kitchen cabinet leaving your counter space free. Because they are permanently installed, it is difficult to replace them if need be. If installed overhead, access to it could be difficult. Also, it comes with a high installation cost.

Which oven is good for baking cakes?

Recently, I got an interesting question from one of a member of a community I am a part of. The question was like:

“Hi, Sonia. I am avidly following you for past few months since the joining of this amazing bakers guild. It is a great article, something I was looking for a while. It covered all the necessary points yet I would like to ask which oven do you prefer especially for baking cakes? A Convection one or a Conventional one? Since most of the bakers swear by a regular non-fan oven for baking moist cakes.”

I felt that this could be a question by many and hence thought to address it here.

My answer:

Broadly talking, convection and conventional ovens are almost the same except that convection oven comes with an additional fan. The fan helps in circulating the heat evenly in the chamber. If the convection oven has the fan switch, which it generally comes with, you can anytime use convection oven as a conventional oven by switching off the fan.

Coming to the baking of the cake, conventional baking is always better when something needs to rise while baking. Convection baking will bake the outer layer faster while the recipe is still rising and can result in a bumpy cake.

Builtin vs countertop oven

Built-In vs Countertop Oven

Feature Countertop Built-in
Placement Kitchen counter Wall or Cabinet
Cost of Installation Zero Expensive
Space Usage Use Kitchen Counter Any free space of your kitchen
Repairs and Replacement Easy and less expensive Difficult and Expensive
Price Low-Cost High Cost

 

So when you choose between the countertop and built-in oven keep these things in mind. Now the next question to answer is if you need a microwave oven or OTG.

One of the most common questions people have asked me is about the brand of the oven they should buy. The question might look simple, but the answer isn’t that simple. People have asked this question because they trust my advice. And hence a greater responsibility while giving recommendations. So I thought to solve this problem and curated a list of my top 10 ovens for baking. Don’t miss to check the list.

Microwave Oven vs OTG

I get this question almost in every baking workshop that I have conducted. There seems to be a lot of confusion between microwave vs oven.

Should I buy an oven or microwave is a generic question I hear time and again. If you have the same question in mind, continue reading. Don’t let your baking fail because of wrong selection of oven.

Best Oven for Baking

Microwave Oven

A microwave oven is loosely referred to a microwave. This appliance uses microwave radiation (electromagnetic waves) to produce the heat. These are available between 16L to 40L of capacity.

Microwave Ovens are heavy and that makes it difficult to move around. These appliances need dedicated space on your kitchen counter and operated with electricity. Microwave Ovens are expensive to buy. A 32L microwave oven could cost you around 20K.

Types of Microwave Oven

  1. Solo Microwave Oven: This is the basic model that only has microwave mode. You can heat, reheat, defrost, and cook food in this type of microwave oven. Solo microwave ovens come between 16L to 20L size. Morphy Richards 20L Solo Microwave Oven is a great choice if you like to buy one. You cannot bake and need microwave-safe utensils to use in a solo microwave oven.
  2. Grill Microwave Oven: These type of ovens have a heating coil on the bottom as well as on the top side of the compartment. These ovens can grill and roast the food. Morphy Richards 20L Grill Microwave Oven is one of the best if you decide to buy. You need microwave-safe utensils for this type of oven. You cannot use this oven for baking purposes.
  3. Convection Microwave Oven: These microwaves have the ability to cook, grill, and bake. These ovens come with a fan inside that circulates the heat inside the compartment. The convection mode helps in even baking. At my mother’s place, we use Samsung 28L Convection Microwave Oven and are happy with the performance.

OTG – Oven, Toaster, and Griller

OTG, loosely referred to as Oven, is a chamber that uses electricity to produce the heat and bake the food. Oven for baking at home ranges between 16L to 60L. These are also referred to as electric oven for baking cakes and bread.

OTG’s are less expensive to buy. A 28L OTG will cost you around 7K which is almost 1/3 or a microwave oven. Utensils that you can use on a gas stove can be used in an OTG.

In an OTG, there are two heating coil, each placed on top and bottom of the chamber. These OTG’s are light in weight and you can move them around. You will find gas operated as well as electric operated OTG’s in the market.

Gas Ovens vs Electric Ovens

Gas ovens are expensive to buy but their running cost is low. It heats up faster but unless they have a fan (most of them do not), they do not distribute heat evenly and have a hot spot. It means that you have to rotate the food while baking. You will need to connect the gas cylinder with the gas ovens which makes them stationary.

Electric ovens are cheaper to buy but the cost of electricity makes them expensive in the long run. These usually come with a fan and distribute the heat evenly. Since electric ovens only need a wall socket makes it easier to move around.

You can also get bigger Ovens than 60L (commercial ovens) that we will discuss later in this article.

Types of OTG

  1. Conventional Oven: Generally the OTG’s less than 40L capacity are conventional ovens. Small size and its small price bracket make it favorable for a small family. A conventional oven will have a heating coil on the top and bottom of the chamber. The thermostat inside keeps the temperature steady.

The downside of a conventional oven is that it only surrounds the food with hot air. Because the air does not circulate inside the chamber, the oven develops hot spots. This leads to uneven baking.  My Morphy Richard 28 RSS  is an example of a conventional oven. It is a great OTG and for small baking, I always trust on this when I am baking just for myself.

  1. Convection Oven: Along with the top and bottom coils, some convection ovens may have a third coil. It also comes with a fan inside. The fan circulates the hot air in the entire chamber and helps in rapid and even baking. Food item inside a convection oven browns faster. Since it bakes fast you need to run it either for less time or need to set at a lower temperature while baking your food.

A convection oven is great for cookies and biscuits, muffins and puff pastry and small stuff. But, you might like to be more careful when you are baking larger items like a bread loaf. They may brown faster from outside and whereas uncooked from inside. Using an aluminum foil to cover the exposed area might be a good option. Alternatively, you may switch off the fan mode and bake. My second oven (bigger in size) at home is Morphy Richard OTG Besta 52 Ltr.

When choosing between a microwave oven and OTG, keep the purpose of buying in mind.

Check my Recommended Top 10 Ovens for Baking

Microwave vs Oven

Feature Microwave Oven OTG
Buying Cost High Low
Power Consumption High Low
Cooking Modes Auto Manual
Utensils Used Limited Almost All
Baking Quality Good Best
Capacity Max 40L Max 60L for home baking
Usage Cooking and Baking both Only Baking
Weight Heavy Light

Your Move Now

Ok, by now you would have decided between a microwave oven and an OTG. So are you going to buy a countertop or a built-in appliance?

But before you zero down on your best oven to buy, the last thing you need to decide is on the size of the oven. Your budget, the size of the family, and your baking preferences should determine the size of the oven. The following table can help you decide better.

Family Size Ideal Size of Oven
2-4 people 20L
4-6 people 32L
6-8 people 40L
8+ people 60L

If you plan to start your home baking business, you might like to buy a 60L oven straight away. After all home baking business means a lot of baking.

Commercial Ovens

Restaurant kitchen that needs to serve a large audience needs bigger ovens. Commercial ovens come in a large variety of countertop and full-size models. Different type of commercial ovens are:

  • Commercial Microwave Ovens
  • Commercial Pizza Ovens
  • Convection Ovens
  • Rotisserie Ovens
  • Bakery Ovens
  • Broiler Ovens
  • Cook & Hold Ovens
  • Conveyor Ovens
  • Deck Ovens

Regardless of the type of oven you buy always check the following:

  1. If your gadget has a fan, use the fan. This will help baking the food at a lower heat.
  2. Do not open the oven door while baking. This will save any loss of heat and bake faster.
  3. Try to bake as much as possible in a single batch.

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64 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Sonia for explaining everything so well, in detail and yet simple language (no jargons). It has definitely helped me in deciding in buying my appliance. I was about to buy microwave oven but now I will buy OTG as OTG will suit my needs.

  2. Hi Sonia,
    I have been baking cakes for an year. I have Onida Microwave convection oven at home and initially I started baking in the same. But, the cakes didn’t come out to be good. Either they get burned or remained uncooked. Same happened with the cookies. Then, I started baking in pressure cooker for home. Cakes in cooker came out to be good but that limits the baking in terms of size, time consumption, etc. Please help me out in baking the cakes in micowave convection oven (container to be used, temperature, time, etc), so I can enhance my baking skills.

    Regards,
    Soumya Kaushik

  3. Hello Sonia,
    Thanks for sharing about the ovens, it’s very informative.. I want to buy an oven where I can heat food, grill and bake cakes, need your suggestion.. M from 🇮🇳. Thank you

  4. Thanks for the article. I have been using my airfryer for baking pav and it comes out nicely in 15mins. Though it’s a small batch I can bake at a time, but it’s good.
    What’s your take on airfryer?

  5. Hi Sonia,

    This is very informative. My requirement is heating food, grilling, baking cakes and pizza for home purpose (2-4), Can you please suggest which OTG should I buy.

    • Hello Kevin,
      Thanks for writing. The oven suggestion will change from country to country and since I am not aware of your current country it will be difficult to recommend. What is your country?
      Sonia

  6. Hi Sonia,

    requirement is baking cakes,breads, cookies and pizza for home purpose, can you please suggest which i should buy

  7. Hi,
    We are planning to get a Oven. Our main purposes are:- heating food, baking cakes, make biscuits, muffins etc. Which Oven should we go for? Family of 5.

  8. Hi . For baked potatoes for restaurant purpose what oven will you suggest ? Pls give specific brand name for commercial purpose . Thanks

  9. Very informative mam. I have IFB convection 25SC3 with solo, grill, convection mode. Can you please tell me what does25SC3 represents, and can i use this for making cakes, breads, cookies, muffins Or for that matter any baking item?

    • Hello Garima,
      I am not sure what does the 25SC3 means in totality, however, the 25 means the capacity of your microwave convection.
      Yes, microwave convection can be used for baking.
      – Sonia

  10. Nice article. Many of the recipes and articles on the Net mention about preheating and maintaining a high temperature in the oven. How can we know whether the oven temperature is accurate (as per the needs of the recipe, especially for breads) and for long do we preheat and at what temperature? Thanks.

    • Samir,

      To check the temperature and accuracy, I always use Oven thermometer. Just place that thermometer inside the oven when setting your oven for preheating. The moment it shows the reading you want to bake at, place you tin inside the oven.

      In general, 10 minutes time is enough to maintain the required temperature while pre-heating.

      Happy Baking

  11. This is a great article. Thank you. I was considering buying the Morphy Richards Besta but it appears that Morphy Richards RCSS has more accessories. My primary need is baking vegetables and using the grill. In this case, the RCSS is better option right?

  12. Hi,
    I would like to know how many cookies can be baked at a time in 28 RSS otg?
    can we bake in 2 racks at time?
    What is the maximum cookie tray and cake pan size fits in it?

    • Keerthana,

      It all depends on the size of your cookies. you can make 4 large or 16 bite size cookies as well. To know the size of your tray, measure the tray dimensions of the tray you got with your OTG.

      Thanks.

  13. Hi Could you recommend some commercial Convection oven brands which are good for primarily baking cookies and brownies? Looking something with multiple racks, for setting up a small home baking business.
    Thank you

  14. Hi .. I am looking to upgrade my existing OTG to either a Morphy 52 L RCSS or 52L bests. Would you know the difference between the two?

    • Hello Kanchan,
      The MR 52L RCSS comes with many accessories that are not included in 52L Besta for example Crumb Tray, Rotisserie Rods, Rotisserie Tong, Wire Rack etc.
      However, if you do not need all of them, then Besta is cheap and is lighter than RCSS.

      Regards
      Sonia

      • Hi Sonia..

        i just got to read your article.. Great info..
        can u please let me know if the besta comes with a fan? is it a convection oven.

        Am a beginner with baking. This is the first oven am buying. Am confused with morphy richards besta 52L and a RCSS 52L..
        Can u pls suggest me with ur inputs

        • Besta is also a convection oven. Besta has little less features than RCSS. If you would be using your oven for grilling then go for RCSS, otherwise, Besta is great for baking.

  15. I am new home baker your blog is very nice to learn about baking. I HAVE MORPHY RICHARDS 60L OTG can i use two racks to bake my cakes if yes than please tell me how.

  16. Can you please post pic of OTG rack you use for breads/cakes? I have MR 52 ltr OTG and confused with which to use second or third from bottom. Can we bake on two racks at same time?

  17. Very informative write-up on how to select an oven.
    I have a Morphy Richards 20CG microwave Convection Oven. I want to make. Tutti Frutti cake, so please guide
    Which combination to use for baking the cake, or should I use only convection mode. What sort of vessel to use?Thanks

    • Thank you Soonu.

      To bake muffins, use convection mode at 160 C temp and bake for 20 minutes. On convection mode you can use any bakeware ( glass, aluminum, silicon, cast iron).

      Happy Baking
      Sonia

  18. Hi Sonia, very informative. Thanks so much. Have bought Morphy Richards 28Rss. Which mode to use for breads? I did twice in bake mode. Not satisfied. Bread gets hard. The top bars does not on in bake mode. Only the bottom rods on. Can you pls advise. Thanks

  19. Hello Sonia ji.. I have ifb microwave 23BC4 convection oven.. Can you pls tell me the settings to make a chocolate cake or sponge vanilla cake?

  20. Hello
    Very informative write up
    Still not clear to me if built-in Otg and Microwave be installed rather than normal one.

    I am getting my kitchen renovated and hsve to decide

    I would like to know about th working of both

    Thanks

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Sonia Gupta

Baking Instructor & Food Blogger

I’m Sonia Gupta, and I am on my mission to transform home-makers into home-bakers. Baking is an essential skill that every mother must know so to avoid their children eating unhealthy market baked items. My goal is to help you learn a skill that will keep your children happy and healthy.

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